The third wave of coffee has crashed down in South America and it’s washed over all of the coffee shops in Montevideo, much to the delight of caffeine-crazed tourists.
Whether you’re looking to relax in a quaint, quiet cafe for the afternoon or are on the prowl for a coffee brewed a particular way, there exists a lot of variety in Uruguay’s sprawling capital.
Interested in trying them all out? Here are the seven best coffee shops in Montevideo.
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As the name suggests, this cafe is home to some of the most experimental brewing methods in the entire country. This means that baristas here are well-versed in the world of brewing and will be able to serve you more than just a high-quality cup of coffee.
Any cafe with rich authentic history is going to be attractive to an eager traveller looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. Cafe Brasilero offers all of that plus some of the most delicious and well-crafted coffee in the city of Montevideo.
If unique brewing methods are what you’re after, then Escaramurza Libros y Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in Montevideo for you. The cafe, which is also part bookstore and restaurant, will brew the perfect cup of coffee for you using a Faema E61. Pair it with a good book and a tasty alfajor for the ideal afternoon.
Not only is it one of the oldest coffee shops in Montevideo, but La Madriguera is home to some of the most talented baristas in the city, in our opinion. Ask them to brew your coffee using a syphon and see what we mean.
Spending the afternoon at Philomène Café feels as if you’re spending the afternoon visiting friends who’ve made Montevideo their home for centuries. This coffee shop is more house than a cafe. And, the vibes that that kind of ambience creates are something you truly can’t miss when visiting Montevideo.
What’s equal parts cafe is also one of the best pastry shops in Montevideo. Here, they serve delicious scones and tasty treats to welcome travellers. You’ll have to head to Old Town Montevideo to find this picturesque cafe, which only adds to the charm you’ll feel upon discovering it and indulging in a cup of coffee.
While this travelling coffee cart isn’t technically a coffee shop, the coffee here is so good that it deserves a spot on this list. The mobile coffee business serves top-notch espresso and brewed coffee, as well as iced coffee and a reportedly strong, balanced bottled cold brew. If you can chase them down, it’s well worth the experience.